Cannes: 'Wolf and Sheep' Tops Directors' Fortnight Awards

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'Wolf and Sheep'

The top honors for the sidebar were awarded Friday night.

The Directors' Fortnight sidebar awards were given out Friday night, with Wolf and Sheep by Shahrbanoo Sadat taking the top prize.

The film, based in the central Afghanistan village where Sadat grew up, follows a group of young children who work as shepherds.

THR's review described Wolf and Sheep as "an absorbing ethnographic docudrama hybrid, marbled with a curious vein of phantasmagoric storytelling."

The SACD Prize, awarded to a French-language film, went to L'Effet aquatique (The Together Project), directed by Sólveig Anspach. The comedy from the late French-Icelandic filmmaker finds a man pretending he can't swim in order to get closer to the lifeguard he loves.

Mercenaire, directed by Sacha Wolff, won the Europa Cinemas award, which aims to enhance the promotion, circulation and box-office runs of European award-winning films on the screens of a cinema network stretching across Europe.

The Illy prize for short film went to Chasse Royale, directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret. Plus a special mention was given to Zvir (The Beast), directed by Miroslav Sikavica.

The top prizes for the main selection will be awarded on Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.